Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 17 (5/17): MLB

Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 17 (5/17): MLB

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Odds

Time 9:40 p.m. EST
Twins money line -125
Twins run line -1.5 (+140)
Athletics money line +105
Athletics run line +1.5 (-165)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Minnesota Twins Oakland Athletics
Record 21-15 15-23
Road / home record 8-7 5-14
Last 10 record 6-4 5-5
Streak W1 L2
Over / under record 13-21-2 14-21-3
Runs / game 3.91 3.30
Runs allowed / game 3.65 3.81

Preview

The Minnesota Twins and the Oakland Athletics will play the 2nd game of the series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Tuesday. The Twins won the first of the series 3-1 on Monday. Gary Sanchez homered and Royce Lewis scored twice.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins get here with a 21-15 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.91 runs per game and allowing 3.65 runs. Max Kepler is batting for .243 AVG. Byron Buxton leads with 19 RBI and 11 home runs.

Joe Ryan leads the pitching staff with a 2.39 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 4 wins for the Twins.

Probable Pitcher: Dylan Bundy (3-2, 5.76 ERA)

Bundy will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Twins. Bundy was deactivated for just under two weeks after testing positive for the virus May 5, and because he didn't have sufficient time to get his conditioning back in order, the right-hander is expected to be on a limited pitch count Tuesday.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 15-23 record and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.30 runs per game and allowing 3.8 runs. Sheldon Neuse is batting for .281 AVG. Sean Murphy leads with 18 RBI and 4 home runs.

Paul Blackburn leads the pitching staff with 4 wins, a 1.67 ERA and 29 strikeouts.

Probable Pitcher:  James Kaprielian (0-2, 4.97 ERA)

Kaprelian will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Athletics.Kaprielian allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one across five innings Thursday against Detroit. He did not factor into the decision. In his last start against the Twins he allowed only 1 run and struck out 7 batters across 5 innings pitched.

BETTING TRENDS

Minnesota are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games.

Minnesota are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Oakland.

Oakland are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

Oakland are 1-11 SU in their last 12 games at home.

Prediction

The Twins have won their last 4 games against the A's but continue to struggle offensively. The Athletics have lost 11 of their last 12 games at home but are 4-1 at home last 5 games vs Minnesota. Bundy is coming back but he is going to be limited on pitches, however he has struggled against the Twins. With both offenses struggling I'm going to take the under again. 

PICK: Under 7.5 (-110)

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